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BC quota: Government to file SLP in SC

Published: 27th September 2012 12:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th September 2012 12:30 PM   |  A+A-

The state government will file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s order to limit the reservation to 50 per cent in the local body elections.

The cabinet sub-committee on the local body elections has made the decision to this effect.

Speaking to reporters at the Secretariat here on Wednesday, panchayat raj minister K Jana Redddy said the government would file SLP in the Supreme Court in the coming two weeks.

It may be recalled that the state government had decided to provide 33.33 per cent reservation to Backward Classes taking the total reservation to various categories of people to more than 60 per cent. The High Court struck down the government’s decision.

Besides moving the apex court, the state government will urge the central government to amend the Constitution to provide 33.33 per cent quota for BCs. As the election process will be delayed, the state has urged the Centre to see that the funds to local bodies are released as per the normal procedure.

“We have urged the Centre to keep the interests of the people in mind and release grants to local bodies.”

Jana Reddy said the state government would convene an all-party meeting soon to elicit their opinions to clear the impasse on conducting elections to local bodies.

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